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Sauternes

It is the ultimate accolade for any sweet wine produced in the world to be compared to a Sauternes. At the confluence of the Garonne and the Ciron, the winemakers of this area eagerly await the mist that is thrown up by the cool waters of the latter hitting the warmer flow of the former. It is the mist that causes Botrytis cinerea, noble rot, and it is the rot that leads to the sweet, shrivelled grapes essential for great Sauternes. Who discovered that rotten grapes made magical wine is unknown, but they should be thanked by everyone with deep enough pockets to enjoy drinking these sumptuous offerings.

It is the ultimate accolade for any sweet wine produced in the world to be compared to a Sauternes. At the confluence of the Garonne and the Ciron, the winemakers of this area eagerly await the mist that is thrown up by the cool waters of the latter hitting the warmer flow of the former. It is the mist that causes Botrytis cinerea, noble rot, and it is the rot that leads to the sweet, shrivelled grapes... read more.

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The wines of Sauternes should be sweet, acidic and unbelievably rich. Sémillon is the grape responsible, though it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Barsac is a famous commune within the larger appellation that is entitled to use either its own name or that of Sauternes on the bottle and is considered to be slightly lighter in style.

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  1. Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1999

    Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1999 75cl

    A golden yellow appearance, with a complex nose of crystallised honey and floral notes. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with a luscious sweetness, this wine is elegant and balanced.

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    £68.35
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    £78.44
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    £56.96
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  2. DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France

    DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France, 2012 75cl

    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. 

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    £22.44
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    £25.80
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    £18.70
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  3. DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France

    DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France, (Half bottle), 2015 37.5cl

    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. 

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    £11.40
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    £12.95
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    £9.50
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    £10.79
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  4. Petit Guiraud, Sauternes France

    Petit Guiraud, Sauternes France, (Half Bottle), 2013 37.5cl

    Classy and refined Sauternes that delivers orange marmalade flavour in a refreshing way that does not take away from the sweetness. Part-fermentation in new oak brings a little extra character to this very elegant dessert wine.

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    £13.14
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    £14.95
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    £10.95
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